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Public health and masks are the reason for democracy in the first place.
In ages past, kings took poor care of small farmers and villagers. They protected the inhabitants of the castle during outbreaks while others suffered.
Plutarch tells about a group of people who had their property seized for debts and then were sent to colonize a plague-infested area. In quick order, they rose-up and established the famous Roman democracy, so they could have good health like the wealthy landowners.
The ancient Hebrews left Egypt after enduring ten vicious plagues. They set up a society based on distribution of land, prevention of disease, and remembering why their founders did what they did.
The breaking of peace treaties often brought plague, like the one that arrived after Athens and Sparta tore-up their agreement for a 30-year peace.
Greeks believed it was either the gods or the natural order of things that was upset in such cases. They taught that the people must keep good faith and maintain good scientific sense in order to preserve society.
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